Obama, like Bush, asks for major wartime funding

The liberals in this country has been screaming for years about the cost of the War on Terror, namely the war in Iraq specifically. Well, as could be foreseen, President Obama now finds himself in the exact place President Bush has been time and time again, asking congress for nearly $100 bill to continue funding the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Congress for an additional $83.4 billion to fund the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday, saying the security situation along the Afghan-Pakistan frontier was urgent.

“The Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda threatens America from its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border,” Obama said in a letter to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, that was released by the White House.

Obama said 95 percent of the $83.4 billion in supplemental funds he was requesting would go to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and the U.S. effort to disrupt and defeat al Qaeda.

Let me guess. I’m betting the same Democrats who criticized Bush for spending billions on these wars will probably give Obama a pass because, well, he’s Obama!

The Associated With Obama Press took a look back at how Obama has voted in the past on war spending bills:

Major war-funding legislation while Barack Obama was in the Senate, and how he voted:

-May 2005: Congress approved an $82 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and international anti-terrorism efforts. Obama voted yes.

-June 2006: Congress cleared a $94.5 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as provide aid to hurricane victims. Obama voted yes.

-September 2006: Congress cleared a $448 billion Pentagon funding bill that included $70 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama voted yes.

-April 2007: Congress cleared a $124 billion spending bill that provided $90 billion for war costs but mandated the withdrawal of U.S. troops within six months. Obama voted yes, but President George W. Bush vetoed the legislation.

-May 2007: Congress approved a roughly $100 billion spending measure to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and domestic projects, including hurricane relief. Obama voted no.

_December 2007: Congress cleared a $555 billion catchall spending bill that included $70 billion for U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama did not vote.

-June 2008: Congress approved a measure to spend $162 billion for war costs as well as provide a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits and emergency relief for the flood-ravaged Midwest. Obama voted yes.

It appears that up until May of 2007, Obama was voting with President Bush to continue funding the wars he said were a waste during his presidential campaign.

It’s a mixed past though Obama generally has supported much more war funding than he’s opposed. Wonder how this latest request will square with his loony liberal base.

I’m actually quite pleased that Obama has changed his campaign tune slightly and sees the need for victory in Iraq and ensuring that those who died have not died in vain by retreating.